Bestselling author Jeffrey Archer on growing old and his biggest regret

At age 80, Jeffrey Archer is still producing a book or two a year.  Picture: Corrie Hansen
At age 80, Jeffrey Archer is still producing a book or two a year. Picture: Corrie Hansen

There's nobody quite like him. He’s run the 100-metre sprint for his country, served as member of parliament under Margaret Thatcher and was made a lord by Queen Elizabeth. And that’s even before we get to his writing. Over the past six decades Jeffrey Archer has written more than 20 bestselling novels, including Kane and Abel and The Prodigal Daughter, which have sold hundreds of millions of copies.

Nothing seems to ever get him down - not even a two year sentence for perjury and perverting the course of justice in 2001. He served his time and thethen after his release promptly published A Prison Diary, a three-part memoir about his time behind bars.

And at age 80 he's still going strong, releasing a book or two a year. We caught up with the bestselling British author.

What has surprised you most about growing older? 

Discovering that a woman pushing a pram can overtake me while I’m out on my daily walk.

The things you loathe most in this world: 

Snobbery and entitlement.

Your biggest regret: 

Not having a daughter

Your favourite word:


The book that changed your life:

Kane and Abel

The one piece of art you'd like to own if money was no object 

Caravaggio’s The Taking of Christ.

The time in your life when you were happiest? 

When I was still able to run, and play cricket and rugby.

How you would like to be remembered? 

As a storyteller.

The place you’d like to be in the world right now if foreign travel were still an option.

On a slow boat to China

Hidden In Plain Sight By Jeffrey Archer Macmillan
Hidden In Plain Sight By Jeffrey Archer Macmillan

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